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Tuesday, October 1 • 4:00pm - 4:30pm
Long-term, migration-free preservation of audiovisual content

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Long term preservation of audio-visual content has been ongoing challenge for archivists. Due to a lack of long-term storage mediums, archivists have had make do with short-term mediums, creating risk of data loss and requiring significant funds for migration or for online active storage. For example, Europe’s second oldest radio broadcaster, Czech Radio has a rich archive of national and international value with recording digitised and stored on a tape-based solution. Despite applying best practices of digital preservation, Czech Radio was at risk of losing its most valuable radio recordings over time, with threats such as bit rot during tape migrations, software and hardware obsolescence, and the unpredictability related costs. Using new and innovative technology, Piql worked with Czech Radio to provide a digital master copy that will keep the most valuable sound recordings available and accessible 500 years into the future. We improved the metadata descriptions of the contents and ensure best practice according to open source guidelines. This allowed us to write file format specifications as readable text on the film to ensure the files can be retrieved regardless of technology development. The content written to piqlFilm never has to be migrated and can be kept in Czech Radio’s archive for centuries.This purpose-built, ground breaking technology is the result of years of research and development, supported by the EU and other global investors. The potential impact of this technology for audio and visual archives is significant as the only offline, migration-free, digital storage medium available.

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Bendik Bryde

Business Development Manager, Piql AS
Digital preservation, digital archives, offline data solutions, Arctic World Archive.

Tuesday October 1, 2019 4:00pm - 4:30pm BST
Theatre 1